A day in the life of… a homewares designer

February 25, 2003

SheSaid gets the goss from Louise Bickle, Designer and Creative Director of Colour Box Homewares.

Describe a typical day…

Mmm most days aren’t typical – I could be working on the next range, approving samples, styling a photo shoot, working with the sales team presenting the range to buyers, liaising with the pr company, making invitations, answering emails. Sometimes I could be doing this all at the same time.

What’s the best part of the job?

Creating a range that everyone loves and seeing people getting excited by my ideas.

What’s the worst part of the job?

I hate to think of the worst – I have a quote stuck on my wall above my desk – ‘you can’t seek newness if you regard constraints negatively’. So any negatives I try to turn around for a positive outcome.

What would you consider to be your key talents?

A strong sense of design, a good eye for colour and the commercial application.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Know why you’re doing it, prepare a good and honest business plan before you start, seek help and advice from experienced mentors, keep focused on your goals, build a supportive team around you and never burn your bridges.

What was your first job and what was in your first pay packet?

My first full time job in ‘the real world’ was as a window dresser (now known as visual merchandiser) at David Jones. I had no experience but I managed to talk my way into the job. My pay packet – I can’t remember exactly but it must have been just under $100 per week.

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